Calling printf in x86-64 Linux requires RAX = 0?
The following code works. However, it does NOT work if I remove the #1 line. I do not understand why storing $0 in %rax makes it work.
.section .data msg: .ascii "Hello world!n" .text .globl main: main: movq $msg, %rdi movq $0, %rax #1 call printf
The following code seg faults
.section .data msg: .ascii "Hello world!n" .text .globl main: main: movq $msg, %rdi call printf
I read that to do a sys call an integer value that designates the call is required in %rax. I have done this using write() and it worked beautifully. However, examples I find for printf don’t seem to have this requirement.
Any help with this matter is appreciated. I can explain more if necessary
Solution – 1
The value in
rax needs to be the number of floating point parameters being passed using a function that supports a variable number of arguments.
This document should help, see section 3.5.7 on variable argument lists.
When a function taking variable-arguments is called, %rax must be set to the total number of floating point parameters passed to the function in vector registers